What Is Integrative Cardiometabolic Wellness?
Let's Talk About Your Heart
Atherosclerosis: The Chronic Inflammatory Condition
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is an inflammatory-associated condition and the primary cause of cardiovascular disease. Modifiable lifestyle factors, such as stress, smoking, diet, exercise and toxic burden, will all increase the inflammatory burden and affect the speed at which atherosclerosis progresses.
- The heart is the hardest working muscle in your body, and it needs a constant supply of nutrients and oxygen.
- Each time the heart contracts, nutrients and oxygen are transported by blood through the arteries to different parts of the heart.
- These constant contractions cause the arteries to experience a high level of stress.
- Over time, this stress, combined with other lifestyle factors and genetics, can cause atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries and thickening of the arterial wall.
- Atherosclerosis effects millions of people each year and is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease. But with the right lifestyle modifications, you can help slow down the onset of atherosclerosis and take care of your heart.
Lifestyle Medicine: The Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory
Plant-Based Mediterranean diet
- Limit sugar
- Avoid processed foods
- Colorful, diverse vegetables and fruit daily - > 9 servings
- Manage portion sizes
Daily Physical Exercise
- Three to five days per week
- moderate intensity
- > 20 minutes
- Continuous movement throughout the daily
- Minimize sitting
- Commit to a plan
- Practice deep breathing and meditation
- Practice good sleep habits
- Take at least one 10-minute walk each day, preferably in nature
- Avoid harsh cleaners and detergents
- Stop smoking
- Practice good hygiene
- Choose organic food whenever possible
- Utilize a HEPA filter at home
You Deserve to be in Control of Your Cardiovascular Health!!
Cardiovascular disease is largely preventable with personalized lifestyle medicine. There is a better way to reclaim your cardiovascular health. A way in which you are empowered to play an active role in your health and wellness. You can be in control of your cardiovascular health, reverse your cardiovascular risk factors, and restore your wellness.
Let's take a deeper dive ...
Cardiometabolic disease is the term we use to describe our understanding of the complex relationship between cardiovascular disease and metabolic health. We now understand that there is a group of physiologic changes, driven primarily by insulin resistance, inflammation and oxidative stress; that is behind the growing cardiovascular risk in individuals who do not necessarily have traditional risk factors. The current term for these risk factors is Metabolic Syndrome and includes abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, inflammation and abnormal cholesterol levels such as high triglycerides.
By understanding the biologic relationships and genetic predispositions driving your cardiometabolic disease process, we are better equipped to help you identify your root causes and select lifestyle therapies that target the disease process. We can then provide you the greatest potential for reducing your cardiometabolic risk factors, restoring your control and regaining your wellness.
Cardiometabolic Reserve and Metabolic Continuum
Your risk for cardiometabolic disease takes years to develop. The cumulative burden of years of poor choices eventually add up to create your risk or health profile. This is called the metabolic continuum. The speed of how fast you move along the metabolic continuum (from low risk to high risk) is determined by your genetics, diet and other lifestyle factors that affect your cardiometabolic reserve.
Our bodies have a cardiovascular and metabolic reserve which is defined as your body's ability to withstand repeated insults (such as poor dietary choices, stress and toxins) and maintain normal function. As with any reserve, its capacity is vulnerable to depletion, but also capable of being resupplied and strengthen. The good news is that even If you've made some unhealthy choices over your lifetime, you can change your course!! However, if you take no action, your risk for disease will snowball as the years progress.
We can help you understand where you fall on the metabolic continuum, and how you can take steps to improve your trajectory as needed.
Insulin Resistance and Cardiometabolic Risk
Insulin resistance is a chronic condition in which cells fail to respond to the normal actions of insulin by resisting its ability to bind, thereby leading to elevations in blood sugar, insulin and ultimately, chronic inflammation. Daily choices have a profound effect on our blood sugar levels. Inactivity, poor diet, environmental factors, stress, nutrient deficiency, obesity and lack of sleep are common drivers of insulin resistance.
By understanding and prioritizing your drivers of insulin resistance, you can profoundly reverse your overall cardiometabolic risk.
Chronic Inflammation and Cardiometabolic Risk
The body's immune system responds to unknown, damaged and harmful substances by initiating inflammation. Inflammation is your body's defense and repair system .. and when it is acute (such as a viral infection or broken bone), it can be lifesaving. However, when inflammation becomes chronic and uncontrolled, it is commonly the cause of your cardiometabolic risk. If unaddressed and unstopped, your risk can then turn into full cardiometabolic disease.
Practicing proactive, lifestyle medicine daily and using targeted nutrients can help you control chronic inflammation.
Identifying YOUR Drivers of Inflammation and Insulin Resistance
Let's get personal. Did you know that half of the people hospitalized with a heart attack do not have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death and we could all be more proactive in preventing this lethal disease.
We partner with our clients to to look beyond the traditional cardiovascular risk factors and to help them discover the true root causes of their cardiometabolic dis-ease.
Some examples of potential drivers of inflammation and insulin resistance include oxidative stress and damage, nutritional deficiencies, thyroid imbalances, hormonal imbalances, heavy metal toxicity, environmental exposures, genetic markers, high homocysteine, high uric acid levels, chronic kidney disease, chronic infections such as dental infection and gut dysbosis, excessive intake of omega 6 fatty acids, lack of sleep, stress, alcohol intake, drug-nutrient interactions, anxiety and depression and lack of exercise.
As you can see we take a comprehensive approach to identify YOUR personal Cardiometabolic risk factors.
Integrative Cardiometabolic Wellness involves ...
Smart food choices do more than just nourish your body. Food has the power of medicine. It can improve your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, blood sugar / insulin resistance, inflammation and ultimately reduce your risk for disease. A healthy diet can change your genes and significantly reduce and reverse your cardiometabolic risk and disease.
Food is the foundation of our approach to cardiometabolic wellness. Food is energy, information, connection and medicine! It can also be social, cultural, creative, and enjoyable; and it better be delicious!
Here at Cardio-Well, we believe that a personalized nutrition approach is the most effective way to harness to power of food to create health and wellness.
Managing All Forms of Stress
Slowly and silently, chronic stress can deteriorate health. During stressful situations, we tend to make unhealthy choices because they comfort us. The goal of stress management is to be conscious of your response to a stressful situation and the choices you are making.
Were you aware that stress is also physiologic? And that your body perceives the same signals of stress no matter what the source? Other potential stress factors are sleep cycle disturbances, blood sugar imbalances, inflammation and mental or emotional stress. Chronic stress can significantly increase inflammation in your body, leading to cell damage, insulin resistance and increased risk for cardiometabolic disease.
Let's uncover your personal sources of stress and learn new management strategies.
Movement is Medicine
Sitting is the new smoking! Research has now documented that being a couch potato is just a bad for you as smoking. Body weight, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, blood pressure and stress are all negatively impacted by inactivity. The goal is to participate in both daily exercise and activity because they are both essential for reducing cardiometabolic risk and maximizing health.
Did you know that studies indicate risk for cardiometabolic disease are up to three-times higher for inactive persons compared to active persons? Be in the know: Exercise, no matter what your age, gender, ability or body type, helps everyone!
Let's find ways to get you moving!
Environmental Health and Detoxification
Did you know that the air we breath, personal care products we use and the water we drink are all potential risk factors for cardiometabolic disease? You might not be aware, but daily exposures to toxins can place a significant burden on your cardiovascular system. Be an informed consumer and reduce this hidden risk by choosing organic, natural, clean products and environments whenever possible.
Detoxification is the body's process for eliminating the unnecessary, and potentially threatening, foreign particles found in our food, water, air and personal care products. It is vitally important that our body's detoxification systems are working properly.
Let's clean up your personal environment and help your body get rid of harmful toxins.
The role of the gastrointestinal system and it's contribution to health and disease, including cardiometabolic disease, has become a key area of focus. The GI tract is tasked with many responsibilities to help us thrive; including digestion and absorption of nutrients, disposal of harmful substances and maintenance of the gut microbiome. We are just beginning to understand the profound impact that the microbiome has on our health, including our heart health.
It is important to remember the frontline role of the gastrointestinal system plays in nearly every facet of health. Restoring and maintaining good cardiometabolic health begins and ends with proper gastrointestinal function.
How is your gut health? Remember, you are not what eat, but what you digest, absorb and assimilate!
The Power of Community
Loneliness has been shown to impact stress levels. Studies show that loneliness and social isolation, whether real or perceived, can have significant impacts on all aspects of your health. Being lonely increases incidences of cardiovascular disease, cognitive dysfunction, sleep disturbances, mental health, chronic inflammation and ultimately premature death.
The solution? Community! We believe in the power of community to reverse your cardiometabolic risk and regain control of your health. We are better together!! We would love for your to join our free Cardio-Well Community, share your story and be part of our solution!
Targeted Nutritional Supplements
Nutritional supplements can be an integral part of your cardiometabolic wellness plan. Supplements help us prevent nutrition gaps, meet specific needs during times of stress and even address certain health issues.
Supplements must be chosen with care as they can cause interactions with prescribed medications and foods, cause imbalances within your body and may even have ingredients that cause harm.
We will strategize together to assess which supplements might be right for you and then periodically reassess to ensure that they continue to be better for you.
We believe that true wellness is not just the absence of disease but instead true wellBEING. We see wellbeing in the light of have vitality. Vitality is the state of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing that can support your ability to live, flourish and grow.
Promoting wellbeing can improve the innate vitality of your body, bolstering your health resilience against the insults your body faces daily. Wellbeing promote a sense of improved mental function and self health.
It is time for a new paradigm shift in health care to focus on disease resistance and prevention, vitality and wellness.